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Kurt Baasch collection

Identifier: AG 137

Scope and Contents

The Kurt Baasch Collection is made up of three series housed in three boxes. Series 1 contains correspondence to Kurt and Isobel Baasch from Paul Strand, Rebecca Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Grace Mayer, Julien Levy, and The Camera Club of New York City.

Series 2 contains biographical materials of Paul Strand such as original and photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings related to Strand’s films and photography.

Series 3 is made up of contact prints made in 1994 by CCP staff from Baasch’s original negatives.


  • 1916-1994


Language of Materials

Material in English German

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Biographical Note

Kurt Baasch, born in 1891 in Venezuela, grew up in Germany where, at the age of fourteen, he began photographing. By 1909 his work was included in a major exhibition in Dresden. Baasch moved to New York in 1911 where he met and was befriended by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. Baasch’s vision was boldly original; he was fascinated with modern city life and by the camera’s ability to weave together realist and abstract concerns, facts, and ideas. Baasch died in 1964.


2 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

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Personal papers and photographic materials, 1916-1994, of Kurt Waldemar Baasch (1891-1964), photographer, ceramicist, and horticulturalist. Includes letters from Baasch’s friends and associates — Paul and Rebecca Strand, Hazel Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Julien Levy, and Elizabeth McCausland — as well as clippings related to the films and photography of Paul Strand.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, n.d., 1916-1971, 1 box
  2. Series 2: Biographical materials of Paul Strand, circa 1940-1990, 1 box
  3. Series 3: Photographic materials of Kurt Baasch, 1994, 1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was a gift of Herbert Baasch and Olga Baasch Vrana, the photographer’s children, beginning in 1992. Additional materials received in 1995.

Related Materials

AG 17: Paul Strand collection.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory prepared in August 1992; revised March 1997, September 1998, and 2008. Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016, again by Alexis Peregoy in 2019, and again by Tai Huesgen in 2020.

Kurt Baasch collection 1916-1994
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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Tucson Arizona 85721 United States